Grand opening celebration for Eastern Michigan's new physician assistant program set for June 9 in newly renovated, historic Rackham Hall

Collaboration with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital provides training in the latest medical technology

by Pamela Young, Published June 05, 2014

YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University’s new physician assistant program will open its doors for a grand opening celebration June 9 in the newly renovated Rackham Hall on EMU’s main campus.

The initial class of 20 students started May 5 and several of them, along with faculty, and representatives from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, will be on hand to talk about the two-year program, which is one of only six in the state. More than 600 prospective students applied for the 20 available spots.

 WHO:    University and hospital officials, faculty and students affiliated with Eastern Michigan University’s new physician assistant program.

WHAT:   A grand opening celebration for the program, the inaugural class of students and the newly renovated historic Rackham building.

WHEN:  Monday, June 9, from 5-7 p.m.

WHERE:  Historic Rackham Hall on EMU’s main campus. The original architecture features art deco tiles on the walls, period light fixtures and original wood paneling. The $3.6 million renovation included an interior renovation that was both modern enough to meet the program’s needs, yet historically accurate to its 1939 design.

Guests will tour a patient exam room with high definition recording capabilities and a small group room utilized for problem-based learning via interactive patient cases. Also on the tour is a skills lab where students learn such skills as suturing wounds and starting IVs.

WHY:  The program was established to meet the strong demand by prospective students as well as the need for physician assistants in response to a physician shortage and an aging population. The professional program emphasizes basic medicine and clinical methods, and prepares graduates for certification and licensure to practice as extenders to practicing physicians, especially in primary care.

One major Eastern Michigan-St. Joseph Hospital initiative, that emphasizes the latest in medicine technology, is an advanced medical simulation center, which is housed at the hospital. The high fidelity medical simulators can provide feedback when a student assesses a 'patient' with a problem.


Media parking is available in the McKenny Hall lot on Oakwood Dr. at Cross St. Rackham is a short distance away, northeast of the Mark Jefferson Science Complex.

For questions, please call Pamela Young at 734-320-7976.

Pamela Young

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